The goal of this project was to absorb and filter stormwater from adjacent parking lots at the Fort Omaha campus of Metropolitan Community College, and also give their horticulture students a rich, hands-on learning experience. It was partially funded through the Waterwise Initiative, administered by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum with funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.
Designer: Tom Bentley, Landscape Architect
Planting Design: Nebraska Statewide Arboretum & City of Omaha
Contractor: Greenlife Gardens
Plant Installation: MCC Horticulture Students and workshop
Partners: City of Omaha, Metro Community College; UNL Extension; Nebraska Statewide Arboretum / Nebraska Forest Service
Forebay (catch basin) made of low-cost materials: Electric box and pavers. Forebays catch debris during rain storms and protect the garden from silting in.
A shelter featuring a green roof and rain barrel allows classes to gather.